National Wildlife Day is coming up March 3rd. While we typically focus on domesticated pets, it’s important to recognize the connection between our animal companions and their wild counterparts. With so many species in decline, it’s important to help wildlife and ecosystems whenever and however we can. A Beaufort veterinarian lists some simple ways that you can do that below.
Did you know that cats hunt billions of small animals each and every year? Fluffy may look adorably proud of herself when she drops a dead mouse at your feet, but your tiny lion is actually playing a pretty big role in decimating fragile wildlife populations. To prevent this, keep your cat inside, and let her hunt catnip mice instead of real ones. (Bonus: kitties are safer indoors anyway.)
Exotic pets are becoming more and more popular. It’s not hard to understand why: many of them are very cute and fascinating. Many people also find it appealing to have an unusual pet. If you are among them, try to be responsible when adopting. Don’t get an exotic animal without doing plenty of research first to make sure you understand its care needs. Also, only buy from reputable stores or breeders. Unfortunately, there are still black market sellers out there offering animals that were captured from the wild.
There are a number of things you can do on your own property to help local wildlife. For instance, if you have a yard, allow native plants to grow back in part—or even all—of it. Plant colorful, fragrant flowers, which will attract and sustain native bees. If you are located in a colder climate, when spring arrives, don’t mow until the dandelions have passed. These bright flowers may be considered a nuisance by some, but they are actually crucial, as they are the first food for bees, birds, and butterflies.
Use humane, non-toxic products to get rid of any pests you may have. Sadly, many larger wild birds, such as owls, hawks, and falcons, are poisoned each year by hunting vermin that have ingested toxic rodenticides.
Another thing you can do is to be mindful of wildlife when you are shopping. Choose products that use only sustainable resources. Small steps like these can really add up!
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